Recently a study in the Journal of The American Dietetic Association has good news for us beef eaters. Nutrition researchers found that a simple rinsing process reduced the fat content of cooked ground beef mince by as much as 50 percent!! Blotting can be used to reduce the fat content of cooked burgers, meatballs and meatloaf. So whether you buy ground beef for taste, convenience or price, you also can enjoy the health benefits of lower-fat ground beef with a few easy steps. This also means if you buy say a 30% lean mince meat by using this method you can reduce it down to 10%, saving vast amounts of money!
Reducing Fat in Cooked Ground Beef Mince by Rinsing and Draining:
By following the easy steps below, you can cut the fat in your favorite recipes that call for cooked
ground beef crumbles, such as chili, spaghetti with meat sauce and tacos. This technique will allow you to take advantage of lower-priced, higher-fat ground beef and still enjoy the benefits of a leaner product.
Brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir occasionally to break beef into large pieces (about 1/4 inch).
Meanwhile heat some water (1/2 glass): microwave, in a pan or kettle, but not till boiling, just very hot!
Drain fat from skillet.
Using a slotted spoon, remove beef mince to large plate or other container lined with some layers paper towels. Let sit 1 minute; blot top of beef with more paper towels.
Place beef in a line mesh strainer or colander and set it on a bowl.
Pour hot water over beef to rinse fat. Drain 5 minutes.
Proceed as recipe directs.
Ground Beef Nutrition Facts
5% 145cals 6g fat
10% 185cals 10g fat
15% 213cals 13g fat
20% 230cals 15g fat
27% 248cals 18g fat
For those of you on a tight budget, regular minced beef can be a much cheaper alternative to steak for example! By following these simple steps you can significantly decrease the fat content in your minced beef! Now you can enjoy lovely minced beef meals like never before!!!